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Copyright: © 2006 Gary Hardaway
IS THERE HOPE AMONG THE RUINS?
By: Gary Hardaway
While walking my dog the other day, I caught up with John, our neighbor across the street, who waved hello. His lively boxer made a beeline for my little Shih-Tzu, and while they tangoed round and round, deciding if they were friends or not, John and I fell into serious conversation.
He confided that for the first time in his long life – he’s in his eighties ? he felt almost hopeless concerning America’s degenerate moral condition. When, as a young man, he arrived here from Holland, his eyes were “as big as saucers. I thought this was the greatest country ever.”
With unquenchable enthusiasm and optimism, John went to work. An architectural engineer, he designed and built big buildings – concrete expressions of his entrepreneurial spirit. His skill and energy paid off. He made a good living, raised a family, became a highly respected member of his church and community, and supported a number of Christian causes.
But now, it seemed that civilization itself was sliding into a dark abyss. I had to agree that the situation can look mighty grim.
Appalling news from Montreal brings a familiar horror. Twenty-five year old Kimveer Gill, acting out crazed, perverted fantasies absorbed from an Internet game, opened fire on a college in Montreal, killing one, leaving several in critical condition. He then put a bullet through his brain.
Gill’s blog entries and Internet postings indicate deep hatred for high school students, athletes, authority figures and “society.” One quote declared, “Work sucks ... school sucks .... life sucks ...”
Where did this madness come from? Gill idolized the perpetrators of the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre in Colorado. He kept his obsession seething by playing a game called "Super Columbine Massacre."
Some degenerate game designers with no conscience actually, deliberately created a game to arouse hatred, murder, and mayhem. Their “work” transforms countless computer screens into training centers in mass terrorism. John – and everybody else – has reason to grieve over this depravity and nihilism.
John’s Christian work ethic, his faith, and faithfulness to biblical principles made him an exemplary husband, father, citizen, and businessman. Kimveer Gill’s rejection of all those values turned him into a moral monster. Yet icons of pop culture defend vile, “adult” entertainment and denigrate people like John.
Consider these comments by Rosie O’Donnell, on ABC’s daytime program, The View: "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state." Say what? Fanatic Muslim terrorists, who kill scores of innocent civilians a day, are no worse than Bible-believing Christians?
As of this writing, O’Donnell still has her job. But you can bet that if one of the other View regulars had criticized sodomy or lesbianism, the axe would have quickly fallen. And Rosie, herself an avowed lesbian, would have led the throng screaming “Crucify, crucify!”
A letter to our paper today states: “The attacks on the World Trade Center were AN INSIDE JOB” (Emphasis mine). The writer demands “further investigation into one of this country’s most tragic conspiracies and cover-ups.” He should get together with movie mogul Spike Lee, whose HBO documentary raises the question of whether the Bush administration blew up the New Orleans levees.
John is glad most of his years are behind him, but he worries about our children and grandchildren. What hideous fate awaits them? Things seem to be falling apart. Demented beasts are loosed upon the world.
Against the strong undertow of depression, a classic hymn by Martin Luther comes to mind. “And tho this world with devils filled, May threaten to undo us, We shall not fear for God hath willed, His truth to triumph thru us. The prince of darkness grim, We tremble not for him – His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; One little word shall fell him.”
Luther found hope and strength in the promises of Scripture. Psalm 46 seems to have inspired this particular stanza.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very preent help in time of trouble. . . The Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress."
In times like these, the choice is clearer than ever: Sanity or insanity, faith in God versus the depravity of man.
Gary Hardaway has taught in universities in the USA, Lithuania and Canada. He holds a Ph. D. in foundations of education. "Real Answers™" furnished courtesy of The Amy Foundation Internet Syndicate. To contact the author or The Amy Foundation, write or E-mail to: P. O. Box 16091, Lansing, MI 48901-6091; firstname.lastname@example.org
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